Paul and Angela Knipple both grew up in Memphis, in families that knew how to farm and spin a yarn. As a child, Paul spent summers at his grandmother’s farm in North Mississippi loving the garden but hating those big green tomato worms. Angela also remembers gardening with her parents and grandparents. Unlike Paul, she loved the tomato worms, along with other creepy crawlies. Her mother learned early on to check her pockets before letting her in the house.
Though Paul and Angela live in Memphis, they still keep chickens in the backyard. They travel extensively, exploring food cultures across the United States and beyond. And they enjoy the amazing variety of cuisines in their hometown. Pairing their love of food with their love of telling stories, they write—both individually and as a team—about where to eat, whom to buy from or eat with, and why what you eat matters. They see food as a social and cultural issue and are committed to the local food movement. Their work has appeared in The Commercial Appeal, The Memphis Flyer, Edible Memphis, Taste of the South, Urban Farm, and other publications. Their first book, The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour of the New American South, explores the connection between first generation immigrants in the South and food culture.